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Marine Surveyor

BoatUS Magazine
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Dan Rutherford: Marine Surveyor
International Association of Marine Investigators, 8 April 2014 [cached]
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To certified marine investigators such as ..., 29 May 2012 [cached]
To certified marine investigators such as 30-year veteran Daniel K. Rutherford, there are four classifications for a vessel fire: natural, incendiary, accidental and undetermined. Rutherford, president of Ocean Marine Specialties in West Cape May, N.J., and a founding member of the IAMI, investigates about 150 marine claims a year. "Most are accidental, many from electrical causes," he says. "But with this economy there has been an uptick in suspicious fires."
The parties in an investigation are varied - law enforcement, private and public fire investigators, surveying and insurance - so one of the association's goals is to create a uniform method of examining any of the cases. To that end, on April 19 and 20, Rutherford and a team of IAMI members organized a marine fire investigation course in Sayreville, N.J., the first since one held in 2005 in Wells, Maine.
"That was the most fun of all," Rutherford says.
The goal of the exercise was to teach investigators a uniform, team-oriented approach to fire investigation, Rutherford says. "One thing we all noticed was how quickly the fires went from small to out of control - it was literally just a couple of minutes," he says.
30_feature_2 In a simulated engine fire, the instructors watched for several minutes while the enclosed engine room smoldered. Then, as might happen in a real-life situation, the hatch was opened to douse the space with a fire extinguisher. "As soon as we opened the hatch, the fire quickly grew out of control," Rutherford says.
"Most teams did very well," Rutherford says.
Rutherford noted that the burns were very controlled and suppressed at a designated time and in a manner to leave as much evidence as possible. In the real world, firefighters probably would blast a boat with water to rapidly extinguish a fire. A high-pressure water assault can damage or destroy evidence. "In other cases, investigators will come across a vessel that burned down to the gravel," Rutherford says.
From Locks To Lockdown - Seaworthy Magazine - BoatUS [cached]
Dan Rutherford of Ocean Marine Specialties is a member of the International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI), an organization made up of surveyors and law enforcement officials who specialize in investigating boat theft and fraud. He offers a word to the wise: "If you are like the thousands of boaters that leave your cabin and or ignition key 'hidden' in the dorade box, or cockpit winch coaming box, we all (and that includes the thieves) know it is there."
SoundingsOnline, 20 Dec 2002 [cached]
Daniel Rutherford, a surveyor with Ocean Marine Specialties in Cape May, N.J., said the sturdy 10-year-old cruiser fared well considering the pummeling it took.
"There were no structural failures at all," says Rutherford, who estimates the boat was rolled up to 120 degrees.
Unfortunately, after the boat was abandoned, about 6 inches of sea water sat in the cabin for a month."All electrical systems below the waterline were destroyed," Rutherford says.The mahogany interior also suffered water damage.
Still weeks away from a detailed damage report, Rutherford estimates the boat needs about $100,000 in repairs.Warwicker plans to have Grey Girl repaired and returned to London.
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